- resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
- noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.
Origin of obstreperous
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Examples from the Web for obstreperously
He was never openly and obstreperously disobedient like little Fay.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Saville was, I thought, the most obstreperously gay of all three.Recollections of a Policeman
William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
The dogs received them obstreperously, and the kid from its corner bleated faintly.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
He was in his way a very determined person, not obstreperously so, but quietly and under the surface.The Financier
Only keep spurting and spitting about obstreperously, and the most stiff ears must at length be converted.
- noisy or rough, esp in resisting restraint or control
Word Origin and History for obstreperously
c.1600, from Latin obstreperus "clamorous," from obstrepere "drown with noise, make a noise against, oppose noisily," from ob "against" (see ob-) + strepere "make a noise," from PIE *strep-, said to be imitative (cf. Latin stertare "to snore," Old Norse þrapt "chattering," Old English þræft "quarrel"). Related: Obstreperously; obstreperousness.